Simple Definition of serif
: one of the short lines near the top and bottom of the long parts of some printed letters
Full Definition of serif
: any of the short lines stemming from and at an angle to the upper and lower ends of the strokes of a letter
Origin of serif
probably from Dutch schreef stroke, line, from Middle Dutch, from schriven to write, from Latin scribere — more at scribe
First Known Use: 1841
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